Adani protesters chained to concrete drum on rail line
UPDATE 1.25pm: Aurizon has condemned the actions of two protesters who chained themselves to a drum full of cement on a train line today.
The protect achieved its purpose - to stop Aurizon trains from reaching Hay Point.
A Front Line Action on Coal spokesman said the two protesters involved had been arrested by police, but the group was still waiting to hear what they were being charged with.
An Aurizon spokesperson said the company condemned the action of the protest group.
"Aurizon has condemned protesters who have put lives at risk by illegally entering the Newlands rail corridor and stopping coal trains this morning west of Bowen," the spokesman said.
"It is grossly irresponsible for these groups to jeopardise the safety of themselves and train drivers operating on our rail network.
"Aurizon is working closely with the Queensland Police Service regarding today's incident."
A Queensland Police spokesman said two people had been taken to Bowen police watch-house but at this stage no charges had been laid.
INITIAL: Two protesters blocked Aurizon trains' access to Adani's Abbot Point coal terminal by chaining themselves to a drum of concrete on the rain line Tuesday morning.
Front Line Action on Coal members Lilli Barto, a physics student, and Natan Shlomo, a youth worker, are the protesters chained to the barrel at Mt Buckley Rd, about 20 minutes south-west of Bowen.
"State Labor said during the election campaign that they would veto 'any NAIF loan' that would enable Adani's dirty coal project," she said.
"Funding Aurizon would be a back-door route to allow Adani to build the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere."
According to a Front Line Action on Coal spokeswoman, there were police on the scene this morning.
"They (police) have called search and rescue to remove them, but that will take time," the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said trains had been stopped on the affected line.
This latest action follows a blockade of the train line last week by the same group.
In that incident Anna Hush and Gareth Davies stopped trains entering Abbot Point coal terminal.
The group spokeswoman said, despite the government's planned tougher approach to protesters, the protests would continue with the ultimate goal of stopping Adani's mine from going ahead.